The big day has arrived!!!! I had a slow morning today, drank some coffee and wrote some more. I headed to the shop and Nicky was stoked he had just started up the bike, we did a few last minute things started it up and I rode around the block to test her out. I then followed Nicky home for lunch and the bike felt really good, although when I got to his house it was making a small ticking noise. He listened and said it would go away and was normal when you do a bore. I hung out at the shop for a little bit longer until Recca showed up on his KLR and we went for a quick ride. I told him I didn’t have a license so no check points, we headed off. The bike felt great all I want to do is open her up and haul ass, but was told to keep it under 4k RMP’s for the next 4-500 km’s at least. We hit a check point and they wanted to see my license, well like I had to told Recca no license. So he argued with the cops and they let us through. We put around 50km’s on it and headed back to the shop, so he could go pick up his tourist and take them to Potosi. I hung out at the shop helping out where I could and just enjoying my friends. I headed back to town and went to Florin for a cup of coffee and check my emails, Henry was there and invited me to dinner with him and Robert. We went to our favorite restaurant Nuevell Cuisine, I have eaten way to much red meat since I have been here so I opted for Chicken; a huge plate of chicken fries, rice, and a salad bar for $2.30 so awesome!!! I went home dropped my computer off and met up with Robert, Rorro, and Henry for a few happy hour drinks. They wanted to show me a high end bar called Mooey, it was a roof top bar that was dead at 12:30am we hung out and more and more people started showing up, by 1:30 it was half full and people were still pouring end. Right before 2am I was exhausted and people were still pouring in, but I was exhausted and headed home.
I woke up and headed to the shop, Nicky was very busy for the day he is only opened from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. There is another motocross race tomorrow so there was a lot of racers their getting their bikes ready. We drove a couple of quads out to the practice area so Rorro and Henry could teach them how to ride and then take them out on a 6hr tour. Nicky asked if I could help me out and we jumped on my bike I let him drive so he could feel the bike and see how it was doing. We rode out to his brother’s brother in-laws house to pick up his wr450 to take it back to the shop and work on it for him. It was about 12km’s each way. The bike is feeling really good and I couldn’t be happier so is Nicky, he is very happy with how it is sounding and feeling as of now. We ran around all day doing small tasks. He got his wife’s parts for her car and replaced a few worn out parts. We were planning on going to the motocross track at 2:30pm but he was so busy he didn’t finish up at the shop until a little after 2pm and we headed for his house for lunch. We walked up stairs trying to decide to go or not and was watching the Olympics when he remembered he had to be back at the shop at 4:30pm for the tour to return the quads. I fell asleep watching the Olympics, now it is a big joke with Nicky because every time I eat and then sit to watch the Olympics and fall asleep. We headed into town I was following them through town as he dropped one of his daughters off at a birthday party. Then he took me to an old ice cream shop that had been in this tiny little building near the park since the 80’s, and it was SO GOOD!! Although I do love my sugar, ice cream, and coffee; and the ice-cream dish he ordered me had all three!!!! So yummy!!
I went and worked on my writing and pics for the rest of the day and headed home. Recca pulled up to me at a stoplight and we headed to his house to park my bike. We went out to dinner for some Calzones and pizza which was good and cheap. I was exhausted so I went into my room and messed around on the internet. Nicky called around 10:30pm asking if I wanted to join them for some drinks I declined since I was exhausted, already in bed, and have been drinking a little too often lately hahaha.
I woke up and headed to the shop to meet Nicky to go to the MX race. Although I got there and the shop was closed up tight and no Nicky, he had ended up going very early to help out. So I headed to Florin and worked on my writing, pics, blog, and my RR on advrider for 7hrs haha.
I was walking home when I talked with Recca and he told me he had a dead battery and needed help pushing his bike into his house. We then went for a walking just talking, I had him dying laughing telling him different stories of my travels, some good wrecks, others about amazing places, and a lot about different people’s reactions over my beard haha; like getting called Santa Clause, asking if I was a UFC fighter, people just telling me they felt safe when they walked with me because I am so scary looking haha, and others of kids walking up and just reaching up and tugging on it.
There is one story I was telling him that I realized was not told to you guys; Nick, Ian and myself were riding toward Sucre when we came upon a town to get gas. We headed up a very steep and slick cobble stone street I was in the middle, nick stopped at the top for a car and I stopped. Well with it being so steep and slick I start to slide backwards picking up speed with locals watching, I had a choice keep sliding backwards picking up speed and crash into Ian or lean to my right and crash into a wall. I chose the wall; I leaned in and wedge myself and the bike into the wall stopping myself. A local came running laughing but running to help, I was dying laughing as we un wedged myself from the wall and bike and got the bike straight… haha we all had a good laugh about it after I made it to the square.
We sat at this fountain watching water show linked to music which was entertaining, the fountains soaked the crowd haha... We walked to the square so I could get dinner (Ice-cream) haha and then headed back home; I went to my room and passed out.
MY BROKEN OEM RACK
MY NEW BOLIVIAN RACK
REDOING THE RACK
RAFA IS ADDICTED TO COCA-COLA
NICKY FIXING A WELD ON MY RACK
THE SHOP THAT DID MY CYLINDER BORE
MY CYLINDER BORED AND READY TO GO
MY NEW PISTON
HANGING OUT AT THE SHOP AT NIGHT
NICKY WORKING HARD IN THE OFFICE
HANGING OUT WORKING ON MY BIKE WITH MY NEW FAMILY
MY GOOD FRIEND RORRO
MI PADRE NICKY WORKING ON MY BIKE
NICKY'S AWESOME BBQ STATION!!!
THIS GRILL IS AWESOME!! IT IS FULLY ADJUSTABLE UP AND DOWN, SO SO RAD!!
NICKY'S AWESOME FAMILY I HAVE LUNCH WITH EVERY DAY
VERY NERVOUS BEFORE MY FIRST TEST RIDE
SEPER STOKED AFTER MY FIRST RIDE!!!
THE "ANIMAL" WASHED AND READY TO SHRED!!!
Thank you for following along with the adventure of my life!!!